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Oral cancer is often found because a person notices unusual changes in his or her mouth. You can check your mouth for early signs of oral cancer. All you need to do is look at your mouth in a mirror. Look for:
A sore on your lip or in your mouth that won’t heal
A lump on your lip, in your mouth, or in your throat
A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of your mouth
Unusual bleeding, pain, or numbness in your mouth
A feeling of something caught in your throat
Trouble chewing or swallowing
Pain when you chew or swallow
A sore throat that doesn’t go away
Swelling around your jaw
Loose or painful teeth
A lump, swelling, or mass in your neck that doesn’t go away
Weight loss that is unexpected
A change in your voice
A pain in your ear
Many of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it's important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have cancer. Tell your doctor or dentist right away about any problems you have in your mouth or throat.
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